I am Caroline Haycox, I am British and have recently obtained my French nationality. My partner, Yves, and I run the gites and an arable farm which is in the same village as the gites. I moved here in 2002 with my two children, Elizabeth and Hugh, then aged just 2 and 4, in order to create a holiday experience suitable for children of their ages. La Lohuas has evolved with them and now offers fun and magic for children of all ages.
We love the rolling countryside and the proximity of the beautiful mediaeval town of Dinan. We have the benefits of being secluded, whilst having easy access to all amenities. The people in Brittany are so friendly and we are really feel part of the community.
We have many things to see and do in the area. In the gites we have a lot of repeat business every year, because people find that they ‘have not done everything that they wanted’ when it is time to go home. Children love the grounds at La Lohuas and often complain when parents take them out for the day, because they are very happy with the play area, trampoline and pool. We offer local produce to purchase – organic cheese and cider, home produced eggs and milk. We also offer a selection of meals to our gite customers, allowing them to try the traditional recipes of the region.
I live and work on-site, I love my job : there is so much job-satisfaction to see people relaxing, winding-down and having a wonderful holiday. I am very lucky to have guests that are from all over the world and are generally respectful and likeable people. The greatest compliment that I receive is when people book to come again – this means that they must have had a great time!
I spend most of my time working : cleaning, gardening, maintaining and arranging things for the guests and giving advice on where to go and what to see. I can also help if there are any unforeseen problems : doctors or dentists appointments, hospital visits, problems with ferry crossings, etc.